Jean du Tillet
Jean du Tillet (Angoulême ?-1570) was a French Catholic bishop.
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The son of a mayor and captain of Angoulême under Francis I, he was appointed bishop of St. Brieuc in 1553. He took part in the Council of Trent, where he encouraged Gentian Hervet to undertake a Latin translation of Photius' Syntagma together with Balsamon's interpretation from a manuscript which had recently come into his possession. Tillet also in 1553 obtained in Rome a Hebrew version of St. Matthew's Gospel.
Another brother, Louis, curé of Claix and archdeacon of Angoulême, gave shelter to Jean Calvin, then followed him to Germany; he was very disappointed by what he saw and Jean brought him back to France.
- Du symbole des Apostres et des douze articles de la foy (1566)
- Réponse d'un évêque aux ministres des églises nouvelles (Paris, 1566);
- Traité de l'antiquité et solennité de la messe (Paris, 1567);
- Avis à Messieurs les gentilhommes séduits par les piperies des églises nouvelles (Advice to the gentlemen seduced by the fallacies of the new churches) (Paris, 1567);
- Parallelae de vitis ac moribus paparum cum proecipuis ethnicis (1610) (in Latin).
- The Discours sur la majorité du roi très-chrétien contre les écrits des rebelles, which was published under his name (Paris, 1560), was actually written by his brother Jean, sieur de Bussière.
- The Mémoire et advis fait en l'an 1551 sur les libertés de l'Église gallicane, 1594 (On the liberties of the Church of France) was also written by his brother Jean. (Digitized edition available on Google books)
Notes and references
- Hegg, T., A brief history of the Du Tillet Matthew, 2004
- Both brothers died in November 1570 and the year of birth is unknown for both. The bishop, according to Pierre Bayle (Dictionnaire historique et critique, vol. 14, p. 160), was the younger brother. See the online book for Bayle's references.
- Pierre Larousse (Gallica digitization)
- On the relationships between (Bishop) Jean, his brother Louis and Jean Calvin, see Alexandre César Crottet's Preface (especially p. 9 ff.) to his Correspondance française de Calvin avec Louis du Tillet, chanoine d'Angoulême et curé de Claix at Google Books, 1850
- Ralles, G. A.; Potles, M., Syntagma tôn theiôn kai ierôn kanonôn. Athens, 1852. (Σύνταγμα των Θείων και Ιερών Κανόνων)